Can Music and Robots Help Children With ASD? A new National Institutes of Health project is testing whether using a music-based system with children on the autism spectrum can aid their interactions with a robotic companion. Project lead Chung Hyuk Park of the New York Institute of Technology seeks to branch out from using robots in studies of ... News in Brief
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Can Music and Robots Help Children With ASD?
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News in Brief   |   February 01, 2015
Can Music and Robots Help Children With ASD?
The ASHA Leader, February 2015, Vol. 20, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.20022015.11
The ASHA Leader, February 2015, Vol. 20, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.20022015.11
A new National Institutes of Health project is testing whether using a music-based system with children on the autism spectrum can aid their interactions with a robotic companion.
Project lead Chung Hyuk Park of the New York Institute of Technology seeks to branch out from using robots in studies of speech interaction or task-based scenarios—and to find new ways to stimulate emotional and social interaction of children with ASD.
The research builds on previous studies indicating that some children with ASD show improvements in social skills when encouraged to improvise with musical instruments or song.
This project is part of NIH’s three-year participation in the Interagency National Robotics Initiative to develop innovative co-robots—robots that work cooperatively with people. Other participants are the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Funding for these projects totals approximately $2.3 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds.
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